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Wild Sea: Eco-Wars and Surf Stories from the Coast of the Californias Paperback – March 15, 2011
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"The book gives a shoreline a view of the history of great wave riders and their evolution from surfers to activists. It's also a first-hand account of battles won and lost against poachers, politicians, private companies and government agencies. Wild Sea is a fantastic read for all ages." --Imperial Beach Patch
"In Wild Sea, Serge Dedina tells the true story of a wondrous world that's become his life's work. Dedina's eloquent narrative leads us on a harrowing journey through the complex and evolving realities of a threatened and forgotten land." --Drew Kampion, author of The Way of the Surfer: Living It 1935 to Tomorrow
"From San Juanico Bight to the HBO series "John from Cincinnati", Serge Dedina details the trials and tribulations of a desert coast under assault by man and nature, from land and sea." --Benjamin Marcus, former editor for Surfer magazine and author of Surfing USA! An Illustrated History of the Coolest Sport of All Time
From the Author
This book is designed to offer a glimpse into the battles we have faced in attempting to conserve the best of our coastal heritage in both California and Baja California. My aim is to document the campaigns that I have been involved with to preserve the last willd coastline and marine wildlife of the Californias and to provide a look at the roots of the binational coastal culture of the Californias.
I have not written a neutral academic monograph on coastal management. Rather I provide a passionate and unapologetic defense of our coastal heritage of the Californias. Many of these stories were written in the midst of campaigning to provide a sense of urgency to the public about the fate of our coast. Few people realize how close we came to losing important pieces of the coastline of the Californias to badly planned and doomed to fail development.
I also wanted to portray the reality of the areas that I work and the people who I have worked with and who influenced my own activism including TJ punks, Mexican wrestlers and the surfers who pioneered big waves at the Tijuana Sloughs.
This is meant to be a fun book for anyone who loves the coast--especially those of us with lives dedicated to the sea in California and Baja California.
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In the last 60 years, another scourge, far more dangerous and more complicated has arrived: sewage from the shanty towns of Tijuana flows without treatment through the floodplain to the Tijuana River, spilling raw sewage from the river mouth to spread by currents northward to the beautiful beaches of San Diego. Once thought to impact only "lowly" Imperial Beach, the sewage is now a problem for the tonier Coronado and Silver Strand State Beach.
Dedina makes it clear that the border area is an international problem, affecting families on both sides of the border. Homeland Security build a costly berm, wall, and fence to keep terrorists out, but little if anything has been done to prevent disease-laden water from spreading across the floodplain and into the sea. Kem Nunn, who wrote Tijuana Straits, worked with Dedina in their efforts to spotlight this problem that became so dangerous Navy Seals moved their arduous training from Imperial Beach farther north. Their strength and training are legendary, but even a Navy Seal can fall victim to hepatitis and other infections.
As a child I swam in the water of the Tijuana River mouth. No one would swim there now, surrounded by trash, debris, chemical wash-off, and sewage. Though the beach is still beautiful, it is now lined with pricey homes and condos. Still, the "no swimming" signs appear after storms push more and more sewage from the megalopolis of the Tijuana-Ensenada corridor into the river on into the sea.
Dedina writes with clear pictures of the brotherhood of surfers and the strength of community intervention. Even small villages in Baja have learned to respect the sea turtle, no longer killing them for bounty. There are chapters on the Baja building boom (and bust) and the Narcowars of our southern neighbor. Condos by the dozen lie half-built and abandoned as American tourists found Mexico no longer a bucolic and delightful place to fish, camp, and surf. Narcoterroists did their damage to the economy as tourism fell off. And thus, Mexico has less public money to spend on repairing the sewage treatment system. Even with help from the U.S., the population has exploded in the Tijuana area, with many thousands of people living in shacks without plumbing.
Dedina, now mayor of Imperial Beach, hopes to galvanize California's legions of environmentally aware citizens to prevent further destruction of natural habitats and cleaning up the water. This is an important book to read to find out how citizens can make a difference in an overwhelmingly sad blight on Earth.
Author Serge Dedina brings to this brief and very personal work a lifetime on the waters of both Southern California and Baja California Mexico. He has surfed Imperial Beach (IB) since his childhood, worked as a lifeguard and slowly evolved into a coastal conservationist, co-founding the group "Wildcoast."
The book documents campaigns the writer has been involved with, "to preserve the last wild coastline and marine wildlife of the Californias and to provide a look at the roots of the binational coastal culture of the Californias."
By his own admission, Dedina is not aiming for a "neutral academic monograph on coastal management," rather a "passionate, unapologetic defense of our coastal heritage."
A curation of pieces written at different times, the book selection and chronology nonetheless binds them together, starting with a lyrical piece about the first surfers to hit the Baja California coastline, before getting into the innards of environmental battles such as that to save Trestles beach on the border between San Diego and Orange counties.
These donnybrooks are not just about saving waves, they are about saving whales and lagoons and the micro-economies that live off the ocean and surrounding environment.
There are also cultural cul-de -sacs where SoCal punk, Tijuana punk, old school IB surfers, lucha libre wrestling, and the filing of "John From Cincinnati" are all somehow tied together.
More than anything though, Dedina's book is a manifesto of surfers' engagement with The Big Enchilada (as opposed to willful ignorance) in an effort at saving coastal resources important to them.
This is new ground, and the author hopes that the use of pop culture will do some of the heavy lifting in converting the apolitical into an army of the committed.
He writes: "Imagine if government was relevant to our lives, reached out to our kids, and allowed us to solve problems by surfing Black's or skating Washington Street with elected officials, instead of having to bang on smoke-filled backroom doors to speak with them. That would be very cool indeed."
Dedina, whom as of this posting is running for mayor of Imperial Beach, can now put his ideas to the test and a scale worthy of their aspirations.